OpTic withdraw from IEM Katowice qualifier

OpTic have decided to pull out of the North American qualifier for IEM Katowice, ESL has announced.

The European team had been invited to compete in the closed stages of the North American qualifier after competing in this region in the last edition of the ESL Pro League.

The news will certainly fuel rumours surrounding the future of the team, who failed to qualify for the ELEAGUE Major Boston's New Challengers Stage after finishing in third place at the European Minor. Adam "friberg" Friberg's side have been out of action since the ECS Season 4 Finals, where they went out 5th-6th.

OpTic will not take part in the IEM Katowice qualifiers

Following OpTic's withdrawal, ESL has decided to decrease the number of participating teams in the closed qualifier from nine to eight. The six invited teams will be joined by the winners of two open qualifiers, the first of which came to a close last weekend, with Splyce coming out on top.

Below you can find the current team list for the qualifier:

Australia Renegades United States Liquid
Brazil 100 Thieves United States NRG
Brazil Luminosity United States Misfits
North America Splyce North America Qualifier #2
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
#1
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Poland cGev 
No
2018-01-26 18:19
Would have done the same, lost all respect for iem katowice qualifier
2018-01-26 18:20
#26
France Bouf 
Wtf why
2018-01-26 18:20
#35
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India TYZ4 
They should be in EU qualifier, not NA
2018-01-26 18:24
they participated in NA ESL pro league so they should be NA, By esl rule
2018-01-26 18:27
#55
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Europe keNLey94 
but they are a eu team then I don't understand why cis can play their own cis minors but eu teams can't play their own
2018-01-26 18:40
#64
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr 
+99
2018-01-26 18:46
#69
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United States mers_cs 
na org eu players, if u put 5 ruskis to na org in na country they can qualify for na things , like NRG , danes there
2018-01-26 18:52
#72
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Europe keNLey94 
well SK is a germany org they play in na?
2018-01-26 18:54
#85
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Canada PwnNewb 
yes and if they played in Germany they could qualify in EU
2018-01-26 20:04
#86
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Europe keNLey94 
well optic would move to eu but they wasn't allowed to
2018-01-26 20:06
#87
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Canada PwnNewb 
I think they will for next season unless they disband
2018-01-26 20:10
#88
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Europe keNLey94 
well I hope they find a new org seriously because this is unreal
2018-01-26 20:15
#89
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Canada PwnNewb 
I think it is ESL fault not the org because of ESL rules
2018-01-26 20:15
#90
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Europe keNLey94 
and the rules said it because optic was playing in na if they find a org in europe the problem shouldn't be the same
2018-01-26 20:16
#91
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Canada PwnNewb 
I see. They could also play in EU this season and it would fix it
2018-01-26 20:17
#92
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Europe keNLey94 
I don't think they can because of the esl rules but I don't know but it's ridicilous esl and everyone else can't change theese stupid rules even when they are so small
2018-01-26 20:18
#93
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Canada PwnNewb 
yeah that is lame they should at least let them move if they want to play from home not force them to be somewhere
2018-01-26 20:23
#94
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Europe keNLey94 
yeah
2018-01-26 20:26
#104
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Australia JingleBells 
Like Renegades should be in the OCE qualifier?
2018-01-27 02:14
#15
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
WORST MAJOR
2018-01-26 18:20
back to the jungle 3rd world
2018-01-26 18:24
#36
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
enjoy report racist scum
2018-01-26 18:25
#105
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
can't be racist if he doesn't know your race lol
2018-01-27 04:29
cry
2018-01-26 18:30
u cry for u country is poor
2018-01-26 18:38
reported
2018-01-26 18:41
np <3
2018-01-26 18:52
#106
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
kinda funny coming for a polish dude #thorin
2018-01-27 04:30
NA MAJOR LUL
2018-01-27 07:35
Poland ???????????????????????
2018-01-26 18:55
#76
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Brazil marcosnogram 
Wtf, Polish asshole trying to call another country poor. Your mom = dziwka.
2018-01-26 19:10
back to the jungle monkey dont cry poor kid
2018-01-26 19:55
#96
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Brazil marcosnogram 
There is something that Poland is Great or even good In sports or E-sports? PS: Being the garbage of Europe is not actually a sport.
2018-01-26 20:52
#107
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
i like how you add sports when it has no relevance when brazil isn't that great even at soccer anymore. Then you call poland the garbage of europe, what does your country's failing economy and corrupt government make you than?
2018-01-27 04:32
WTFF??? WERE TALKING ABOUT CS , AND EVERYBODY KNOW THAT BRAZILIAN CS IS MUCH BETTER THAN POLISH SHIT
2018-01-27 15:24
#113
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Brazil marcosnogram 
@brien Are u retard or u just can read? Cs go TOP 1 And in soccer Brazil is at least top 2 right now. Do you know something that polak is good at?
2018-01-27 16:27
poland calling brazil 3rd world?
2018-01-26 18:41
England cs scene.
2018-01-26 22:32
#17
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United States jaem 
yes
2018-01-26 18:20
#2
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Poland MrLegionista 
expected
2018-01-26 18:19
#3
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United Kingdom Mumbles! 
Wow surprising
2018-01-26 18:19
rip allu
2018-01-26 18:19
#5
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Israel Trust_me_bro 
Ez
2018-01-26 18:19
#6
m1hka | 
Russia m1hka 
Disband?
2018-01-26 18:19
#7
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Germany cartii 
Whi cares
2018-01-26 18:19
w0w
2018-01-26 18:20
#9
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Australia closet 
uh oh
2018-01-26 18:20
#10
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Denmark oskarsports 
roster change incoming
2018-01-26 18:20
Or maybe because optic are playing in EU
2018-01-26 18:40
+1
2018-01-26 18:42
Lol
2018-01-26 18:20
+dennis INC
2018-01-26 18:20
#13
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Austria SPatrick_ 
k
2018-01-26 18:20
WTFF WHY :(
2018-01-26 18:20
wat
2018-01-26 18:20
DISBAND
2018-01-26 18:20
LOL
2018-01-26 18:20
wtf friberg
2018-01-26 18:20
#22
flusha | 
Europe An0n0n 
-Allu +KNG
2018-01-26 18:20
#80
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Canada SummerClassic 
Lul
2018-01-26 19:57
#23
CeRq | 
Russia normD 
rip
2018-01-26 18:20
#24
TACO | 
Brazil teuS11 
feelsBadMan
2018-01-26 18:20
Tehy wont qualify any way against SS and envy xD
2018-01-26 18:20
#27
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Finland Hunajaperse 
=( feelsbad
2018-01-26 18:20
#28
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Sweden godname 
nooo
2018-01-26 18:21
WHat? Why?!
2018-01-26 18:21
#30
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Vietnam Oida 
Optic buys misfits team? No, right?
2018-01-26 18:21
richard and thorin said dennis will jioin optic didnt say whos out tho
2018-01-26 18:22
#40
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Vietnam Oida 
-HS probably then. I think they should do -friburg though, because he is pretty washed up, but maybe too valuable in terms of marketing.
2018-01-26 18:27
+1
2018-01-26 18:30
#62
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Denmark iaintnojoke 
But he is IGLing. I think he's fulfilling his role fine actually, and I think having a veteran player who can frag decently lead the team is a good idea. HS is a good player but Dennis would be a trade up in sheer fragging.
2018-01-26 18:42
#65
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Vietnam Oida 
let's see about this "IGL" thing :d
2018-01-26 18:46
#81
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Canada SummerClassic 
Dennis has in game led on fanatic for a while so I don't think it would be such a big deal to get rid of Friberg.
2018-01-26 20:02
#97
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Denmark iaintnojoke 
He also said he hated doing it in Fnatic and that he never wants to do it again.
2018-01-26 21:14
#116
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Canada Shadoww_ 
He was never a good igl anyways
2018-01-30 02:01
mousesports*
2018-01-26 18:31
was it? i'll look through the VOD im sure they said optic
2018-01-26 18:32
why the fuck would mouse change? unless -styko
2018-01-26 18:47
mousesports is a german org and all german orgs are scummy
2018-01-26 18:53
#83
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Canada SummerClassic 
Why styko?
2018-01-26 20:03
who then?
2018-01-26 21:24
I'm just asking for his point of view, I'm not trying to argue who they should change
2018-01-26 22:37
ChrisJ Dennis igl > ChrisJ igl Dennis skills >>> chrisj skills
2018-01-27 16:27
#31
xseveN | 
Finland Sortye 
kioshima just tweeted that new colors coming :////////// hopefully hes going to envy and someone like dennis comes in to optic if their kicking someone
2018-01-26 18:22
#33
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North America xAriana 
Wait, what? Why??????
2018-01-26 18:24
#37
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Malta 74c00 
Allu to play for ence again plox
2018-01-26 18:26
Allu was the problem
2018-01-26 18:27
#41
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Lebanon RobloxPorn 
+knG +dennis
2018-01-26 18:28
#84
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Canada SummerClassic 
No, why are people saying KNG for optic?? First off he wouldn't be able to get a visa meaning he can't compete in NA, and do you actually think Hector would allow a player with his personality in the org? Never.
2018-01-26 20:04
#99
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
+1
2018-01-26 21:39
#110
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Pakistan perth 
+1 Hector is all about dem positive vibes good guy, kng would ruin everything.
2018-01-27 07:00
#45
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Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
Nice thanks for info
2018-01-26 18:31
KIO will join you heard it first
2018-01-26 18:34
Nooooo.
2018-01-26 18:36
#49
Edward | 
United States kUcheRR 
liquid and misfits > optiq so no problems
2018-01-26 18:37
sadly but true. Optic had potential but no will to develop it
2018-01-26 18:37
#51
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Spain akproxx 
moving to eu
2018-01-26 18:37
Thats such a shame. Its hard to say who will be on the chopping block, but with Dennis and rubino out, they could make some good changes. Magisk and hs might be the ones to stay, and idk what they'll do for an IGL
2018-01-26 18:38
KIO will join you heard it second, #47 first
2018-01-26 18:39
#56
Sweden SkG 
Friberg have said earlier that they don't want to play in NA leagues and qualies since the travels takes too much of their time.
2018-01-26 18:40
#58
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
why? o_O
2018-01-26 18:41
why they did it
2018-01-26 18:41
DENNIS KIOSHIMA INC
2018-01-26 18:50
#68
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
why
2018-01-26 18:51
Why??? Wanna pick dennis?
2018-01-26 18:55
#75
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Canada gritabit 
Huh. Interesting
2018-01-26 18:56
#77
dennis | 
Sweden korkeen 
+dennis
2018-01-26 19:22
#78
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Norway SlimeThug 
GUYS, KIO will join! you heard it first here
2018-01-26 19:26
#100
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
no third #47 and #54 were ahead of you
2018-01-26 21:41
#103
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Norway SlimeThug 
no shit, i was joking
2018-01-26 22:53
#115
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
i wasn't :D
2018-01-27 17:40
i miss allu
2018-01-26 20:02
optic dennis confirmed
2018-01-26 20:29
Splyce shouldnt be allowed to compete. Davey streamsniped and thats the reason they won. He even apologized on twitter for doing so
2018-01-27 06:54
#109
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Pakistan perth 
Liquid and Renegades/100T Thanks me later
2018-01-27 06:59
ay tenk u letr
2018-01-31 17:27
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